CITW Eco-Club Coordinators Workshop, South Africa, October 2015

Sue Snyman, CITW Regional Programme Director, kicked off the activities with a presentation on CITW and why we operate Eco-Clubs around the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA)) and showed videos on the Nedbank Tour de Tuli and CITW to illustrate our programme and involvement.

Bongani Baloyi, CITW Regional Programme Coordinator, presented more about the CITW programme. Janet Wilkinson, CITW South Africa and GMTFCA Coordinator, and Jan Mallen, CITW South Africa Board Member, introduced the Eco-Club curriculum book and everyone got involved in presenting allocated lesson plans and some of the activities. It was interesting to note different interpretations of the various lessons.

All of the 15 schools received the new books and some of the resources for the books. The balance of the resources will be dispatched to the regions after the workshop.

We will take the learnings from the Eco-Club coordinators feedback and use this in the next volume of the Eco-Club curriculum books (Book 2 and 3).

We paid a visit to the Mogalakwena Arts and Crafts Centre where local women are employed by Mogalakwena owner Elbé Coetsee. Here the women are taught embroidery, bead work, candle-making, sewing, basket weaving, weaving and pottery. In turn Elbe sells their crafts through her gallery in Cape Town.